Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has expressed sadness over the accident that claimed the lives of over 10 persons on Sunday.
It was gathered that the accident happened along the Kwale-Asaba highway in Delta state, claiming four lives of the supporters of the Bayelsa Queens Football Club, who were on their way to attend the Nigerian Women Football League final, while the other auto crash happened along the Kogi-Abuja road, leaving six band members of a popular Ijaw musician, Barrister Smooth, dead.
In a statement, Diri described it as a Black Sunday for Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation.
In his words, “It is a great loss to our state and the Ijaw nation as young talents and bread winners following their passion had suddenly departed.
“On behalf of the government and people of Bayelsa State, I extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the deceased.”
He further said that, their death was painful as these youths were active and impacting lives through their musical talent as well as following their passion to support the state’s darling female football team. He said that, the state was thrown into mourning on hearing the news of this sad incidents.
“These are very unfortunate and sad incidents that claimed the lives of our active youths.
“I pray that the Lord consoles the families for the painful loss that they have suffered.
“I also commiserate with the leader of the band, Barrister Smooth.
“I also pray for quick healing and recovery for those that were injured.”